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Yeasted Pumpkin Waffles

Yeasted Pumpkin Waffles with Candied Ginger

Keep in mind that you need to make this batter the night before you're planning on serving the waffles.
Servings 8 waffles
Author Brandon Matzek


  • 1/2 cup warm water (between 105°F and 110°F)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 2 cups whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger plus more for sprinkling

Chopped toasted walnuts, for sprinkling

Maple syrup, for drizzling


  1. Combine water and yeast in a small bowl, stirring to combine. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, sugars, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, and clove in a large bowl. Once the yeast has sat for 15 minutes, whisk the milk into the dry ingredients followed by the yeast (with water), pumpkin and melted butter. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. At this point, you can let the batter rise in the refrigerator for sweeter waffles or let rise on the counter top for more sour/yeasty waffles.
  3. The next morning, uncover the bowl, and stir in the eggs and baking powder until smooth. Preheat a waffle iron and lightly coat the plates with nonstick spray. Scoop 1/2 cup of batter in each well*. Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of crystallized ginger over each well, close the waffle iron, and cook until golden brown.
  4. Sprinkle waffles with crystallized ginger and chopped walnuts, and enjoy immediately with maple syrup. If making waffles for a crowd, prepare in batches and keep waffles warm in a 250°F oven until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

* Waffle irons can vary greatly. The one I used here makes 4 square waffles. Adjust the batter and crystallized ginger measurements accordingly.